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South Sudan’s SSOA rejects South African proposal on states’ issue


South Sudan SSOA leadership meets in Juba (ST file photo)
January 18, 2020 (JUBA) - The peace signatory South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) has rejected a proposal made by South Africa to refer the dispute over the number of states to a regional and international arbitration panel.

South Africa’s Deputy President David Mabuza on Thursday 16 January proposed to refer the critical issue of the state numbers to a regional arbitration including the African Union High-Level Ad Hoc Committee for South Sudan (C5), the IGAD and Troika countries.

According to Mabuza, the arbitration committee has to come out with a decision within 90 days after the formation of the transitional national unity government on 15 February.

In a statement released on Saturday, the SSOA said they were "dumbfounded and flabbergasted by the audacity of the proposal" when Mabuza briefed them about it on 16 January.

The "SSOA would like to make it abundantly clear that it considers the proposal on arbitration as a non-starter," said Stephen Lual Ngor SSOA Spokesman in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune.

Ngor further referred to previous discussions they had with the South African facilitator on the number of states adding "The Parties have not reached a deadlock". On the contrary, a consensus has emerged in the December meeting which must be pursued with vigour and impartiality by the mediators. We are looking forward to that".

The SSOA was referring to a meeting held on 2-4 December 2019 where the participants, except the government, adopted " the former districts in Southern Sudan as States for the Transitional Period"

"We are for the formation of the Transitional Government on time, but only after resolving the issue of the number and boundaries of the States and concluding the formation and deployment of the Necessary Unified Forces (NUF)," said the SSOA.

On Friday, SPLM-IO rejected the proposal of the South African senior official and called to settle the states’ issue within two weeks to allow the set up of the Council of States which is linked to the number of states.

SSOA, SPLM-IO one position

After stressing that the South African proposal disregards the previous talks on the issue, the SSOA joined the SPLM-IO on its proposal for a two-week period - not three months - to settle the dispute by a regional and international panel.

"If arbitration was at all necessary it could be done in a week or two as the parties suggested to be members are fully aware of the status of the talks," stressed the statement.

"The issue of the number of States needs only a political will to take a decision, not arbitration," emphasized the opposition alliance.


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  • 19 January 2020 08:26, by Malakal county Simon

    No States, no government.... There is no a country in the world that can form a government without defining the States numbers that the government to form, will operate under it.. This is an idiocy proposal I ever seen in my entire life!!!!!!!

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    • 19 January 2020 09:35, by South South

      We have 32 states right now, we have full government in Juba right now. Let’s postpone the issue of the number of states for 10 years to give us enough time to workout something doable for everyone in South Sudan. Sweet, sweet.

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      • 19 January 2020 12:37, by lino

        South South,
        I have told you, even a Child Politician will not accept such proposal except Juba! Exactly as they violated the Transitional Constitution of 2011 that was passed by all Political Forces of the land and create his own Imaginary States wanted others to believe it. Now it is up to the government and the region either to run the country with 23 British Administration Tribal Districts..

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        • 19 January 2020 12:47, by lino

          ...for South Sudan within 2 weeks, go back to 10 States as the Transitional Constitution of 2011 underlined, or extend the formation of the for another 90 days as they suggested, but none of the Parties signatry to R-Peace will form government by February 12, 2020 except SPLM-IG!!! Watch out, Security Arrangement Incomplete!!!

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        • 19 January 2020 13:08, by South South


          What this fucking mother is talking about? This is not a KARAMA where your mother can be fucked in front you. We have 32 states and we have our country. No pressure on us, no rush and no pushing on us. We can wait for 10 years, or 20, or,30 or 100 maybe to form new government. We are sitting on it.

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          • 19 January 2020 17:15, by lino

            South South,
            Guaj Moor begam!!! From your language, you are simply not fit mentally and emotionally to be even in your household as a leader and forget about South Sudan.
            If you guys just running around with guns thinking to cause fear...walkup, it is 21 century and you should be reading from papers, constitution, and not Imaginaries from you Cow Camps. What is ????? you have been talking about?!

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            • 19 January 2020 17:22, by lino

              ...foolish go ahead form or not form you government who care about what you shitting in Juba, Akon, Uganda, or Kenya. The truth is South Sudanese Parties are not going to form a Government of drunken President who to respect the Constitution period!!!
              It be make emotionally difficult for him till he got into his casket!!!

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      • 20 January 2020 10:29, by Midit Mitot

        South South & Langbaar,

        These thirty two states will be your nightmare shortly, just wait for some days.

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  • 19 January 2020 16:38, by conservative

    I love it u can’t bring white men here this our issue 😂😂

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